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Poster: billydlions Date: Aug 20, 2007 4:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Some wines dont age so well

So the consensus around here is that the best version of Terrapin was the premier version on 2-26-77. I cant argue with that, although I'm partial to the somewhat unique version played on 1-15-79. That got me thinking about other songs that came out of the gate strong and never really got any better (which kind of goes against the typical thought that it takes a while for the band to get it right)

One song that comes to mind is Day Job, the only song ever requested by fans to be removed from the rotation. Some of the earlier versions were really not that bad. I've always enjoyed the Let it Grow>Day Job combo from Landover on 9-15-82. Day Job comes screaming out of the quiet ending of Let it Grow and Jerry sounds like he really enjoys playing it here.

So what other songs can you think of that started strong and never improved?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd82-09-15.sbd-patched.clugston.11881.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Aug 20, 2007 7:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some wines dont age so well

Stagger Lee is a song that never really ever seemed to pick up any steam as the years went by. Sometimes the song was an all out trainwreck, forgotten lyrics, etc... never seemed to hit full steam ahead...

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Aug 20, 2007 5:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some wines dont age so well

what's become of the baby, damn, after that studio version on aoxomoxoa, it went straight to hell.

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Poster: Speaking in Swords Date: Aug 20, 2007 7:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some wines dont age so well

I always liked the slower versions of Loose Lucy, especially the one from 7/1/73. It lost a lot of its raunchy power when they sped it up in '74.

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Poster: shootermcgavin Date: Aug 20, 2007 5:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some wines dont age so well

crazy fingers- dont get me wrong i dig alot of the late 80's versions and some of the 85 ones but i really dont think it got any better then the performances in 76, but i might be alone on this.